US-Based Indians Divorce Their Wives Via A WhatsApp Text!
Two Indians Divorce their wives in Hyderabad via a simple WhatsApp message reading Talaq, Talaq, Talaq, meaning no going back after divorce.
In Sharia law, a man can divorce his wife by declaring Talaq after which the couple must wait three months before the divorce is finalized.
The 3 month period also serves as an opportunity for the couple to reconcile. The man can also revoke the decision during the 3 month period.
But if the couple happens to engage in sexual activities or the woman is found pregnant within that period, the divorce is annulled.
If the 3 months expires and none of the above happens, the divorce is official. However, the couple can remarry even after the divorce is official.
But when a man declares the “Triple talaq,” Talaq, Talaq, Talaq, it means there is no going back on the decision.
After receiving the divorce messages from their husbands who happen to be brothers, the women lodged a complaint with the Indian police.
The husbands decided to divorce their wives one after another over the mobile chatting app. Heena Fatima and her husband Syed Fayazuddin Hussain got married since February, 2013. However, she was divorced a few weeks ago with a simple Talaq WhatsApp text.
The US-based Hussaini sent three words over WhatsApp – Talaq, Talaq, Talaq – and completed the process of divorce. Later, he also sent the divorce papers from the US.
Mehreen Noor on the other hand, was married to Hussaini’s brother Mohammad Abdul Aqeel, and was also divorced by her husband over WhatsApp. Mehreen received a WhatsApp message from Akheel that she had been divorced.
Having been divorced unilaterally and without seeking consent, Heena and Mehreen have decided to fight back. She laments: “Sharia law lets you divorce me, but who is going to look after our children? Doesn’t Sharia law ask of you to take care of your children?”
On the other hand, Mehreen said that she was not even sure about the name of her husband at the time of their wedding. She said: “I found out after marriage that my husband’s real name is Usman Qureshi. Now, without citing any reason, he has sent me divorce. They (the two brothers) have made marriage a joke.”
This issue has triggered a debate over triple talaq and the rights of the average Indian women. The case of triple talaq is being considered by the Supreme Court as the apex court has recently asked a constitution bench to examine the validity of triple talaq. The Centre has given its opinion against triple talaq saying that religious practices cannot override the rights of women.